May 17: Tisch Hall, an academic
building housing the College of Business and Public Administration,
Sep 1: University Without Walls, later known as the Gallatin
School, created to offer students alternatives to a traditional
liberal arts education.
Dec 16: Elmer Holmes Bobst Library and Study Center dedicated.
Unique features of this red sandstone building, the work of Philip
Johnson and Richard Foster, are its twelve-story atrium and inlaid
marble floor based on Palladio’s design for the Church of
San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice.
Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, located at 50
Washington Square South, dedicated.
Sep 1: Washington Square and University
College created through merger of NYU’s two liberal arts colleges
as a result of the sale of the University’s Bronx campus at
Sep 1: School of Engineering merges with Brooklyn Polytechnic
Institute to form Polytechnic University.
Jun 3: Silver Towers, a student and faculty
residence hall, dedicated.
School of Education renamed School of Education, Health, Nursing,
and Arts Professions (SEHNAP).
Apr 9: Grey Art Gallery created.
Nov 11: Inauguration of President John C. Sawhill.
Mar: Gallatin Division established within
the University Without Walls.
May: All-University Commencement returns to
Washington Square and to Washington Square Park. The park
typically hosts around 6,000 graduates and 13,000 guests
in what is the city’s largest annual outdoor event.
Oct: Financial difficulties, which coincided
with the University’s departure from the University
Heights campus, were eased by the sale of the C.F. Mueller
Company for $115 million. The Law Center Foundation had
received ownership of the pasta company through a trust
fund. The sale, for both the School of Law and the University
at large, provided a life-saving transfusion of money.
On the day of the sale, the university’s new vice
president for academic affairs, L. Jay Oliva, said, “It
was perhaps the most historic moment since NYU’s
Oct: University Institute for Hebrew and
Judaic Studies established to coordinate the existing programs at
SEHNAP and Arts and Science. The Institute offers degree programs
and sponsors public events.
Institute of French Studies established at the Graduate School
of Arts and Science. The institute is the first comprehensive program
in the United States devoted to a humanistically-oriented, interdisciplinary
approach to French studies, emphasizing history, sociology, politics,
and literature rather than language.
Feb 13: Groundbreaking for new Hebrew Union
College building, built on property acquired from NYU. The groundbreaking
marks the beginning of an academic affiliation between NYU and Hebrew
May: Graduate Center of Applied Science established, signaling
a revival in interest in applied science and technology.
Sep 21: Arnold and Marie Schwartz Hall of Dental Sciences
dedicated. Together, the Schwartz Hall of Dental Sciences and the
Weissman Building contain a total of 506 operatories, each of which
is fitted with modern dental equipment. The operatories are designed
in 16-unit modules, each containing a waiting room, offices, X-ray
facilities, and a seminar room for instruction and consultation.
Apr 3: Arnold and Marie Schwartz Health
Care Center at Medical Center dedicated. The 15-story facility was
designed to lower the costs of healthcare through the performance
of uncomplicated surgery without hospital admission. The Day Surgery
Center was the first completely self-contained ambulatory surgery
section in the New York metropolitan area.
Oct 8: Dr. Ivan Bennett appointed Acting President.
Dec 6: NYU’s Midtown Center dedicated. The center,
which occupies several floors of 11 West 42nd Street, houses the
permanent headquarters of the School of Continuing Education’s
Real Estate Institute as well as Women Advancing Through Career
Help, a women’s career program.
School of Retailing closes.
Mar: Dedication of Lebost Wind Turbine
on top of the Barney Building, as part of scientific research into
alternative energy sources.
Sep 26: President John C. Sawhill resigns, while Dr. Ivan
Bennett continues as Acting President.
Oct 24: Inauguration of President John
Oct 24: Jerome C. Coles Sports and Recreation Center dedicated.
Oct: As part of NYU’s sesquicentennial celebration,
Mayor Edward Koch declares October 13-20 “NYU Week”
at a ceremony at City Hall.
Feb: School of Arts renamed Tisch School
of the Arts.
Oct: A new theater design studio at 725 Broadway opens
at Tisch School of the Arts.
Nov: $14.8 million purchase of two East
Village sites on Third Avenue that will eventually accommodate 1,000
undergraduate and graduate students.
Dec: The Dental School makes headlines when over 5,000
patients attend its free five-day dental screening.
NYU announces a 15-year campaign to raise $1 billion
by the year 2000. NYU marks the successful completion of its Billion
Dollar Campaign (five years early) on March 15, 1995, at a gala
Faculty Resource Network, an initiative devoted to faculty development
and undergraduate teaching, established.
Mar: The Skirball Center of Hebrew and
Judaic Studies established within the Faculty of Arts and Science.
May 14: Leonard Stern Hall formally dedicated as a new
Oct: Purchase of two new apartment buildings, part of
the three-building Carlyle Court complex as undergraduate residence
halls at Union Square.
Dec: Newly designed, “meaner” bobcat mascot
costume unleashed at a men’s basketball game.
Men’s and women’s basketball teams compete in new athletic
conference: the University Athletic Association.
Apr 5: University-wide smoke out held before
a new city law, which restricted smoking in conference rooms, hallways,
rest rooms, and shared offices went into effect.
Oct 20: Graduate School of Business Administration and
undergraduate School of Business and Public Administration merge
to become the Leonard R. Stern School of Business
Dec: NYU buys the third Carlisle Court building in Union
Square for additional dormitory space.
Jan: The University Hospital renamed Tisch Hospital
in honor of the families of Laurence A. Tisch and Preston Robert
Sep: Graduate School of Public Administration renamed
Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.
Nov 13: Dedication of the Alexander S. Onassis Center
for Hellenic Studies, located in a restored Greenwich Village townhouse
at 58 West 10th Street.